Ray Platte

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Ray Platte
Born Raymond George Platte, Jr.
(1925-09-03)September 3, 1925
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Died July 21, 1963(1963-07-21) (aged 37)
Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Cause of death Head injuries from racing accident
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
1 race run over 1 year
First race 1955 Southern 500 (Darlington Raceway)
Last race 1955 Southern 500 (Darlington Raceway)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Raymond "Ray" Platte (September 3, 1925 - July 21, 1963) was a NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup Series) driver from the American town of Norfolk, Virginia.[1]

Platte only competed in the 1955 Southern 500.[1] As a competitor in the 1955 Southern 500, he raced for Harry Parry in a Chevrolet and finished in 25th place.[2] In the process, he won $100 ($880.37 when adjusted for inflation) for his single-race NASCAR career.[1]

The "Virginia Gentleman" crashed into a wall during a race held at South Boston Speedway, sustaining a skull fracture. He died the following day.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Driver information for Ray Platte". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  2. ^ "Ray Platte's performance at the 1955 Southern 500". Racing Reference. Retrieved 2012-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Platte dies after crash at speedway". The Gazette-Virginian (South Boston, Virginia). July 25, 1963.